With its characteristic architecture, Toulouse is nicknamed the "Pink City" because of the colour of its traditional local building material, the brick clay. The city is also nicknamed the "City of Violets" because, in the past, there was a brotherhood of violet flowers that produced these in large quantities. City of art from antiquity to modern times, Toulouse houses many art treasures and romantic impressionist works of the past centuries.

The World Famous firm, Airbus, a native of Toulouse, makes the city a European centre of advanced technology which includes many leading industries in aeronautics, IT and space, as well as many research institutes. It is also a young city which counts among its population, nearly 100,000 students.

From the Garonne to the Canal du Midi, the different facets of Toulouse invite visitors to discover and enjoy  a whole range of recreational activities. With its rich culture, they can admire its churches, appreciating art and its history in many museums and galleries; sail aboard a barge on the Canal du Midi or be close to the stars in the City of Space. But Toulouse is also equipped with prestigious facilities as the Congress Centre, the library José Cabanis, the Zenith, the Museum of Modern Art or the National Theatre of Toulouse which can host private business events.

In the Pink City, visitors will also be able to enjoy walks in the old town and taste the local flavours in different environments: the market on Capitol Square is 100% Organic and  the busiest on the Place St Aubin - with its small producers of local cheese - and the jam sessions, at the centre of a medieval place for a  change of scene, or the "hippie" market with organic produce, itinerant hairdressers and masseurs…

The spirit of tradition and modernity, combined with culinary discoveries and a wide choice of leisure activities make Toulouse a city full of surprises, which will give to the visitors the urge to discover its charms and its dynamism. And you just have to try the famous Tolouse sausages!

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